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US Navy's new tactical data link finally moving forward

15th December 2017 - 10:00 GMT | by Alice Budge in London

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BAE Systems is preparing for the preliminary design review of its Network Tactical Common Data Link (NTCDL) system, currently being developed for the US Navy, in the first quarter of 2018.

The $81 million contract was awarded to BAE Systems in June 2017 following a protest period after the company's first bid was won in September 2016.

The system, currently in the design and development phase, for which $47 million of the total contracting value is dedicated to, will enable simultaneous communication links across multiple naval platforms.

Alan Dewar, C4ISR product line director at BAE Systems, explained that the new

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